Definitions for: Onyx


[n] a chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos



Webster (1913) Definition: O"nyx, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? a claw, finger nail, a veined
gem. See Nail, and cf. Onycha.] (Min.)
Chalcedony in parallel layers of different shades of color.
It is used for making cameos, the figure being cut in one
layer with the next as a ground.

Onyx marble, a banded variety of marble or calcium
carbonate resembling onyx. It is obtained from Mexico.

See Also: calcedony, chalcedony, sardonyx

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